[Resolved] Melissa Zobell / Puppy Mill!
Melissa Zobell used to run the Australian Shepherd Rescue of Utah. I heard numerous stories of her harassing people about not spaying/neutering their dogs and I even had a friend who received hate mail from her stating the reasons why dogs should be spayed/neutered and the statistics on pets that were put down each year in shelters. She was banned from the Petco and Petsmart here in Utah County because of her unprofessional attitude and all the complaints filed against her. She was even banned from the local shelters!
Read this story, http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_20060214/ai_n16226186/
Today, Melissa has over 30 dogs and is breeding them to make her house payments. She is creating designer dogs (pom-a-poos, yorkie-poos, mini aussies, ect.) and charging ridiculous prices ($600-$1200) for these mixed breed dogs. She claims they are "health tested" which means they are seen by a vet (her colleague) and they are current on vaccinations. Non of these dogs are tested for genetic disorders or even screened for eyes, hips or knee problems. To top it all off, she runs her business out of Animal Medical Services and showcases the animals in their adoption center. She no longer supports animal rescue and instead contributes to the over pet population. Melissa should be reported for hoarding animals! Nobody should ever breed dogs as mush as she does. It should be a crime.
I just want to apologize and retract my original comment that was made. It has taken years for me to realize that what I had said was not only unfair but completely false. I was immature and I worked with a bunch of people that were not good influences. I did not know Melissa personally and I based my opinion of her on what I had heard through the grape vine. She did not deserve this and has had to live with the consequences of my wrong doing. I know Melissa deeply cares for her dogs and she has come a long way and will do anything to ensure the safety and health of her dogs and children. She goes above and beyond to make sure her dogs are well taken care of and does every health test imaginable. If you are considering one of Mellisa's dogs please don't base your decision on a thread that was started by a stupid, young girl who didn't have the facts. Please do your own research and get to know Melissa for yourself. I only wish I had done the same before causing so much permanent damage to someone who has done so much for Australian Shepherds.